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West End Stories
The West End Stories online exhibit gathers together oral stories from individuals who grew up in Vancouver’s West End. These recollections and pictures tell the story of life in the West End from the 1930s onward.
Description: Enjoying the beaches around Stanley Park can yield more than just a good time swimming. We would swim from English Bay right around to Third Beach by the bridge and back again, and it used to take about three hours of swimming, but easy swimming you know: breast stroke, side stroke, crawl.
Description: The end of World War II brought revelry and celebration into the streets of Downtown Vancouver. “Trucks where … every inch of the truck was full with people … they were blowin’ the horn and yelling and hugging and kissing”.
Description: Bob describes the fun he and his friends had living on the sands of English Bay, exploring the trails of Stanley Park, learning to golf and swim and waiting for the nine o'clock gun to go off.
Description: In October 1942, the old Crofton House School becomes Gordon House; an important hang out and refuge for West End kids. What we would do in the evenings, we’d go to Gordon House where there was sports, there was boxing, there was basketball, there was arts and crafts, painting; that sort of thing.